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How To Take Care Of Your Laptop Computer
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    2004-07-05

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    How To Take Care Of Your Laptop Computer
    by Joe Chianese

    As the proud owner of a laptop computer, you'll want to keep
    your machine in the best possible condition.

    Aside from cleaning your screen and dusting the keyboard,
    however, you'll need to take a few extra steps to maintain
    your laptop's health:

    -- Play it cool

    A laptop computer generates a lot of heat, especially when
    running the latest high-powered software. Too much heat and
    you risk damaging the internal circuitry.

    Always try to keep your laptop in a well-ventilated, cool
    environment. And ensure you don't block the fan grills on
    the sides, back, or bottom of the machine at any time.

    -- Handle the screen carefully

    Avoid touching or playing with your LCD screen.

    Yes, it might be fun to watch the waves generated by your
    finger against the screen, but LCD displays are fragile
    devices that must be cared for.

    Take care when cleaning the screen too, and use only
    approved cleaning materials.

    You won't want to pay the money for screen repairs or, even
    worse - a new machine entirely.

    -- Don't drop it

    Whatever you do, don't drop your laptop computer! Keep it
    safe inside of a carrying case when moving around or
    traveling.

    Don't leave it on the edge of a table or on an unstable
    support of some kind. One ill fated drop to the floor could
    spell death for your mobile office.

    Try to make sure the rubber feet underneath are in good
    condition and are still attached. This will prevent the
    device from sliding around accidentally.

    -- Be careful with those drinks...

    If you need to have a drink while working or playing, be
    careful not to spill it.

    Your laptop computer could suffer the consequences from just
    a few drops of liquid poured in the right places.

    While you probably do eat and drink around it regardless,
    you will want to occasionally wipe down the edges, the
    keyboard, the touchpad, and maybe even wipe down the screen
    to keep any dirt from accumulating.

    -- Just say no to viruses

    Security wise, make sure you obtain an anti-virus program.

    Secondly, keep it updated!

    Buying an anti-virus one month and not updating it for the
    next six really negates it purpose. Your laptop computer
    could be exposed to hundreds and thousands of new viruses
    every month if you don't update your virus definitions.

    Most anti-virus programs have automatic update methods,
    eliminating the need for you to have to remember to do it
    manually.

    -- Avoid Popups

    Pop-ups are particularly annoying on a laptop computer.
    Trying to close a bunch of windows without a regular mouse
    can be a nuisance.

    You'll want a pop-up blocker, such as the Google Toolbar
    (located at http://tools.google.com), to prevent these pop-
    up ads.

    Many intrusive forms of advertising, and even some viruses,
    can install software on your machine by using various forms
    of pop-ups. It's best to get yourself a blocker and avoid
    the situation entirely.

    -- Use a firewall

    Always utilize a firewall on your Internet or network-
    enabled laptop computer. Even if you use Windows XP's built-
    in firewall (or purchase one from such companies as Norton),
    your security will greatly benefit from it.

    Blocking out all the unnecessary ports and closing all the
    loopholes will prevent a hacker or virus from freely
    entering your hard drive.

    So there you go. Combine all of the above tactics and help
    your laptop enjoy a happier and healthier lifestyle!

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    Joe Chianese is a technical writer and frequent contributor
    to HowToBuyALaptop.com. For advice on how to find the right
    laptop computer for you, visit: http://HowToBuyALaptop.com

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    DISCLAIMER: The content provided in this article is not warranted or guaranteed by Developer Shed, Inc. The content provided is intended for entertainment and/or educational purposes in order to introduce to the reader key ideas, concepts, and/or product reviews. As such it is incumbent upon the reader to employ real-world tactics for security and implementation of best practices. We are not liable for any negative consequences that may result from implementing any information covered in our articles or tutorials. If this is a hardware review, it is not recommended to open and/or modify your hardware.

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